|Face the Day: Dane Rudhyar, Seed-Man|
A brief look at the life and philosophy of Dane Rudhyar and his concept of the Seed Man. Inspired from an early age by the idea that all life is cyclical, Rudhyar, who was born in France in 1895 as Daniel Chennevière, moved to the United States in the early 1920s, leaving behind his old presumptions and even his name, and progressed on a path that saw him become a composer, painter, philosopher, and renowned astrologer...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Documentary; Current Events; Dane Rudhyar; Modern Civilization; Social Change
|Face the Day: Poems and Music by Dane Rudhyar|
Dane Rudhyar reads selected poems from his book “White Thunder” first published in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1938. The poems tend to focus on the spiritual path and the awesomeness of nature and the gods. Rudhyar, with his delicate French accent and dramatic voice, lends to these poems the power of a magical invocation. Interspersed with the poetry are excerpts from his musical compositions including his “Sinfonietta” the sweeping notes of which, compliment the mood engendered by the readi...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Spoken Word; Poetry; Dane Rudhyar
|Face the Day: The Magic of Love, A Reading by Dane Rudhyar|
Dane Rudhyar reads from the end of the seventh chapter his 1938 book “New Mansions for New Men” in which he writes about the magic of Love. In Rudhyar’s system of spiritualism, an individual’s true potential can only be found through one’s relationship to others, a relationship that is best defined by love. As he has written “The will to improve and to be more than one is, flaming forth in the sixth mansion out of the relative failure of self-expression in the fifth, becomes in the s...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Literature; Spoken Word; Documentary; Astrology; Spiritual Life; Dane Rudhyar
|Ferguson's Dictionary for Concrete Poets: The Four-Letter Words|
Internationally prominent Canadian intermedia artist Gerald Ferguson has compiled by computer a dictionary for poets who utilize words as material for composing visual (concrete) poetry. Here is his reading, recorded in Halifax, Nova Scotia, of “The Four-Letter Words” of his dictionary which lists all words from the Standard Corpus of Present Day American English Language Usage in order by the number of letters in each word...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Spoken Word; Poetry
|Fifth Biennial Survey of Contemporary Music: Works by Frederic Rzewski & Julius Eastman|
One in a series of programs originating from the International Service of Belgium Radio and Television in which the works of contemporary 20th century composers are highlighted. In this edition two pieces by American composers performed by the Society of Electronic Music of Buffalo, New York. First is “Le Montons De Panurge” by Frederic Rzewski, a work scored “for any number of musicians playing melody instruments plus any number of non-musicians playing anything”...
Keywords: Contemporary Music; KPFA-FM; Music; Electro-Acoustic; Electronic
|Fifth Biennial Survey of Contemporary Music: Works by Rudolf Komorous & Petr Kotik|
One of a series of programs originating from the International Service of Belgium Radio and Television in which the works of contemporary composers are highlighted. Heard first is “Olympia” by Rudolf Komorous, a work scored for a variety of instruments and sound making devices including flexatone, melodica, mouth-harmonica, nightingale whistles, bells, and and ratchet. Komorous was born in Prague but has made his home in Canada where he has taught at the University of Victoria...
Keywords: Contemporary Music; KPFA-FM; Music; Avant-Garde
|Flute Music from Northern India|
Carolyn Strauss introduces a program of flute music of Northern India. She relates how in the late 1960s, after a largely fruitless search for musicians that play a certain type of long low flute (bansuri) she was finally introduced to G. S. Sachdev. Despite his obvious proficiency Sachdev was at the time largely unknown in India and was being pressured to forgo his musical studies in order to take on his father’s rock crushing business...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Music; world music; Indian music; flute music; ragas
|Flux Art: An Historical Perspective|
An interview with George Maciunas, about the Fluxus art movement. He describes their influences and many of their pieces of art. "In Fluxus there has never been any attempt to agree on aims or methods; individuals with something unnamable in common have simply naturally coalesced to publish and perform their work. Perhaps this common something is a feeling that the bounds of art are much wider than they have conventionally seemed, or that art and certain long-established bounds are no longer ver...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Interview; Modern Art; George Maciunas
|Folk Music from Armenia|
Musical Selections include:The Plough Song / Komitas -- Antuni [Song of the Homeless] (1905–06) / Komitas -- Bunch of Flowers -- Dance Game -- Dsedsernak [The Swallow] (1898) / Komitas -- Line Ball Dance -- Im Gala -- Krunk [The crane] (1911) / Komitas
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Music; Folk Music; World Music; Armenia
|Folk Music with Rolf Cahn: Eric Von Schmidt in Concert, Boston 1960|
Rolf Cahn introduces the first half of a recording of a concert of folk music by Eric von Schmidt, held in the basement of the Boston YMCA, in 1960. Von Schmidt accompanies himself on guitar as he sings a selection of English and American folk songs, with a little bit of Blues and Gospel thrown in for good measure. Von Schmidt who was a mainstay in the folk movement of the 1960s, and who performed with Joan Baez, Richard and Mimi Farina, Bob Dylan, and Rolf Cahn, among others, died in February o...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Folk Music; Rolf Cahn; Music; Blues; Eric Von Schmidt
|Folk Music with Rolf Cahn: Eric Von Schmidt in Concert, Boston 1960: Set Two|
Rolf Cahn introduces the second half of a recording of a concert of folk music by Eric Von Schmidt, held in the basement of the Boston YMCA, in 1960. Von Schmidt accompanies himself on guitar as he sings a selection of English and American folk songs, with a little bit of Blues and Gospel thrown in for good measure. A key figure in the folk revival movement of the early 1960s, Von Schmidt regularly performed with such other luminaries as Joan Baez, Richard and Mimi Farina, Bob Dylan, and Rolf Ca...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Music; Folk Music
Downloads: 516 (1 review)
|Folk Music with Rolf Cahn: Jo Mapes in Concert at San Francisco State College, Spring 1955|
From a December 17, 1962 broadcast, Rolf Cahn presents a selection of folk and blues music by Jo Mapes, Reverend Gary Davis, and Mike Russo. The majority of the program is devoted to music by Jo Mapes, recorded at the San Francisco State College in the Spring of 1955 and eventually released on a LP from Bay Concerts. Jo Mapes was a classmate of Odetta, and an inspiration for Joan Baez, and yet despite her superior guitar playing, intuitive phrasing, and sweet voice, she never had quite the same ...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Music; Folk Music
|Folk Music with Rolf Cahn: Mance Lipscomb|
In a program originally recorded in May of 1963, Rolf Cahn and Phil Huffman talk to Texas bluesman Mance Lipscomb, about his life and music. He describes growing up as a Baptist in the South, the balance between singing and playing music, as well as the origins of many of his best known songs. Throughout the discussion, Lipscomb performs a number of both, famous and obscure, acoustic blues songs, often responding to requests by Huffman and Cahn, who sound as pleased as two cats in a fish pond to...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Interview and Music; Popular Music; Folk Music
|Folk Music with Rolf Cahn: Rolf Cahn, Carl Granich & Judy Roderick in Concert at the Cabale|
In the Summer of 1963 Rolf Cahn presented a series of live broadcast’s for KPFA from the Cabale, a folk music club in Berkeley, California. In this program you will here excerpts from two of those shows. The first features Cahn on guitar and vocals accompanied by Carl Granich on guitar in the performance of a number of folk and blues standards, including an absolutely beautiful rendition of “Nobody Knows You When You Are Down & Out” with Granich providing some delightful guitar picking...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Folk Music
|Folk Music with Rolf Cahn: The Blues Music of Steve Talbot|
Rolf Cahn introduces a selection of Blues music, performed by Steve Talbot and recorded by Cahn in his home during a late night visit by the guitarist. Talbot, who might be best known as the person who along with Jorma Kaukonen came up with the name Jefferson Airplane, was a musician in his own right,noted for his understated and deceptively simple version of the Blues. Utilizing a variety of tuning and picking techniques Talbot performs a selection of songs made popular by such Blues legends as...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Music; Folk Music
|Fontana Mix by John Cage|
This is a tape realization of John Cage’s 1958 composition “Fontana Mix”. More of an indeterminate plan for a piece than a piece itself, “Fontana Mix” has a graphic score consisting of 10 sheets of paper with curved lines and 12 transparencies, 10 of which contain a varied number of randomly distributed dots, 1 with a straight line, and the last with a grid pattern. According to Cage’s instructions these sheets could be superimposed upon each other and then interpreted so as to indic...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Music; New Music; Electro-Acoustic; Electronic; John Cage
|Forty-Two for Henry Flynt by La Monte Young performed by Peter Winkler (gong) at the Third Annual Festival of the Avant Garde in San Francisco, 1965 - La Monte Young|
La Monte Young is an American composer living in New York, where he is associated with the group of composers who have derived a good deal of their impetus from the music and personality of John Cage. He was a student at the University of California, where much of his early music was performed in the late 1950s. Since that time he has gone on to fame as a progenitor of the minimalist music movement...
Keywords: Avantgarde; Experimental; 20th Century Classical; Minimalism
Downloads: 7,819 (2 reviews)
|Four Early Works by Anthony Gnazzo|
Four early compositions by Anthony Gnazzo. Unlike the later tape pieces for which Gnazzo is perhaps best known, these four chamber and electro-acoustic works show off the more traditional, maybe even academic, side of his many musical accomplishments. Featured works include “Stochata” for two violins, flute, and clarinet, “Music for Two Pianos and Electronic Sounds,” “Music for Piano I,” and “Music for Brass with Electronic Sounds.” The first two works were recorded in 1964 at tw...
Keywords: Music; New Music; Chamber Music; Anthony Gnazzo; Electro-Acoustic; Electronic
|Four Works by Gordon Mumma|
Four works by Gordon Mumma. The first and last works, “Vectors” and “Densities” are purely electronic tape pieces, very representative of the early, electronic music of Mumma. Also included is “Sinfonia” an electro-acoustic work scored for twelve instruments and tape, recorded on March 4, 1961 at that year’s ONCE Festival in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The ONCE Festival Chamber Ensemble is directed by Wayne Dunlap...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Music; Electronic; Electro-Acoustic; Gordon Mumma
|Frank Zappa Day|
On February 10, 1986, as part of it’s fund raising marathon, KPFA dedicated an entire day of programming to the music of Frank Zappa, including this four hour long segment, during which Zappa joined Charles Amirkhanian, live in the studio to talk about his work and his fight against censorship, as well as to take part in an hour long panel discussion on gang violence and its relationship to rock music and Satanism...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Interview and Music; Popular Music; Frank Zappa
Downloads: 2,048 (1 review)
|Frank Zappa interviewed by Robin Baxter|
Robin Baxter interviews a slightly combative Frank Zappa in his hotel room about his classical musical influences and his orchestral and choral music, as featured on his upcoming album and film, "200 Motels". Other topics include his upcoming concert, the recent shakeups in the Mothers of Invention,and what the public may or may not want to know about what goes on inside Frank's head.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Interview; New Music; Popular Music; Frank Zappa
|Fred Frith on Hans Reichel|
Fred Frith joins Charles Amirkhanian for a brief discussion on Hans Reichel, a musician/friend/collaborator, and "a master craftsman" of guitars. (Frith and Reichel performed together later that week). Frith also comments on the noise/free music/improv scene, and his compositional work at the time. Program portion ends with selection of Frith's "Technology of Tears", a piece written for dance.
Keywords: Fred Frith; Interview; Free Improvisation; Unconventional Instruments; KPFA-FM; Hans Reichel
|Fred Frith performs new works with Sudhu Tewari at Other Minds 11, 2005 - Fred Frith|
Legendary experimental guitarist Fred Frith performs improvisations at the 11th Other Minds Music Festival at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 2005. Frith performed at the festival both as a soloist and as a member of the due Normal, alongside Sudhu Tewari, a Bay Area resident of Indian descent whose remarkable music is performed on homemade acoustic instruments. Since recording Guitar Solos in 1974, Frith has been regarded as one of a handful of radical innovators on the instrum...
|Frederick Marvin Recital|
Frederick Marvin, pianist and professor at Syracuse University in New York, performs a number of works, recorded on October 29, 1972. Marvin is well known for his work in bringing to light the mostly forgotten music of 18th century Spanish composer Padre Antonio Soler. He has also performed the works of modern American composer George Antheil, as well as the works of Debussy, Chopin, and many more.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Music: 20th Century Classical; Frederick Marvin
Downloads: 667 (3 reviews)
|French composer Francis Dhomont performs "Les moirures du temp" and "Phonurgie" at Other Minds 10, 2004 - Francis Dhomont|
Francis Dhomont performs Les moirures du temps (The shimmering ripples of time) (Feb. 1999, rev. 2001) and Phonurgie from Cycle du son (1998) at Other Minds 11 at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 2004. To purchase studio recordings of these pieces visit www.electrocd.com. French composer Francis Dhomont is one of the original proponents of electroacoustic music along with Pierre Schaeffer, founder of musique concrète...
Keywords: 20th Century Classical; Avantgarde
Downloads: 2,444 (2 reviews)
|Frontiers: The Poetry of Kay Boyle|
Recorded at the KPFA studios on August 25, 1986 Kay Boyle reads a selection of her poems. One of America’s most important writers of the 20th century, and a close friend of James Joyce, Samuel Beckett, William Carlos Williams, and many others, Kay Boyle was one of the longest surviving member of those American artists and writers that lived in Paris during the 1920’s. She was also quite politically active in the support of pacifism and political prisoners and was even blacklisted during the ...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Spoken Word; Poetry; Kay Boyle